The holidays are over and it's time to get back into a reading and blogging routine. To get started, let's take a look at the books I finished in late December...
by Ruth Reichl, narrated by Bernadette Dunne
Reichl's narration added so much to my enjoyment of Save Me the Plums, I was disappointed to discover she did not read this one. (She narrates the abridged version... I didn't want to go there.) Though I've been on a roll with author-read memoirs and was expecting on one more, Bernadette Dunne did a fine job.
Garlic and Sapphires is about Reichl's time as restaurant critic for The New York Times and the disguises she employed in order to dine anonymously in NYC's top restaurants. These disguises were so elaborate, she became unrecognizable to her own husband and son. Interestingly, Reichl also strived to take on a new persona as she donned the costumes. Her descriptions of the many meals and restaurants practically had me drooling as I listened! Recipes are also included.
Chances Are... by Richard Russo
Nobody can tell a story like Richard Russo! I've read nearly all of his novels and he never disappoints. This one is set on Martha's Vineyard and tells of three 66-year-old men, friends since college, gathering for a reunion of sorts. It included an element of suspense, which I don't generally associate with his novels. I enjoyed this book very much and will be discussing it with the library book club later this month. It was the final addition to my 2019 favorites list.
84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff
narrated by Barbara Rosenblat, John Franklyn-Robbins, and others
by Helen Ellis, narrated by the author
The Way We Live Now by Anthony TrollopeThis is going to be a read/listen combination, but at this point I'm mostly reading. Simon Vance has always been my "voice of Trollope" but, unfortunately, he has not read this one. The audio version I selected (all 32+ hours) is narrated by Timothy West and it's taking a while to adjust. I'm on Chapter 14 now (15%) and still getting to know the characters. A couple of "old friends" have made brief appearances. Unfortunately I can't remember where we met them before and my Oxford Reader's Companion to Trollope is in storage!
GOALS FOR 2020
I've spent some time over the past couple of weeks thinking about my 2020 reading. Like 2019, my priority will be quality over quantity. In addition, I'd like to...
- keep reading a high percentage of nonfiction (30-40%)
- read back list of new author discoveries
- read more classics (think about joining Back to the Classics 2020)
- keep track of book sources (library, personal copy, etc.)
- read the books I already own, especially the ebooks
- try to write a few sentences about each book read
Are you joining any challenges this year? Have you set reading goals?
The week ahead//
We don't have anything major planned this week. Our renovation project at the new house has been at a complete standstill for the past 2 weeks due to the holidays. We should be able to order the kitchen cabinets/counter and start looking at backsplashes.
I'm planning to attend a native landscape walking tour. It's time to start learning more about which plants will thrive in this subtropical climate. We're also having lunch with a new friend later in the week.
How is 2020 going for you so far? What are you reading this week?
The Sunday Salon is hosted by Deb at Readerbuzz.
It's Monday... What Are You Reading? is hosted by Kathryn at Book Date.